Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Wiggle Waggle Walk

photo by John Sandel

Every year, the Pasadena Humane Society's Wiggle Waggle Walk unites families and dogs to raise funds in support of dogs that don't have families. There will be a fashion show and a look-alike contest.

I don't much resemble Wilma except in lounging posture, and neither of us is ready to be in such a big crowd. However, you can see by the photo above that Wilma wags in support of this cause. What you can't see is how her whole body wiggles when she wags. I've started wiggling and wagging right back at her. I think she gets it.

My friend Paula Johnson is heading up the Rose City Sisters team (a.k.a. pack) for the Walk. Here's what Paula says about the event:

I am thrilled to help support the animals at the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA by participating in the 16th Annual Wiggle Waggle Walk on Sunday, September 28, 2014 in Brookside Park in Pasadena. Your donation will help provide nourishing food, safe shelter and medical care to over 12,000 animals this year! Your contribution will also help fund the low cost spay/neuter program, the adoption program, wildlife services, humane education programs and more. Help the animals by making a gift today.

If you're looking for a team, you can join Paula's. If you can't make it on the 28th you can still donate money via her team, or anyone else's.

We have always had shelter dogs. They require dedication, just like any relationship, and like any relationship, the dedication is worth it. I suggest you don't make physical resemblance to you a requirement when adopting, but there's something for everyone.

Here are some photos from the 2013 Wiggle Waggle Walk. And check out this video, made by a favorite local celebrity in 2012.


15 comments:

altadenahiker said...

I love it when they lie, froggy style; spatch-cock the nether regions on a cool spot. It just seems like such an impossible position.

Petrea Burchard said...

This is her first choice on a hot day, Hiker. Must be a girl thing.

William Kendall said...

Now just look at that face!

Petrea Burchard said...

It's what I'm sayin'!

Kalei's Best Friend said...

My cat has yet to get into that position!... must be a dog thing.. she looks truly relaxed. I can see a difference from the first photo u posted... U guys are doing something definitely right!.

José Mendonça said...

Great cause and lovely photo of Wilma!

Petrea Burchard said...

She's a happy girl, unless you are an evil puppy.

Ms M said...

Wilma's "pose" is so cute! I used to have a dog that would lay like that after we'd had a long round of fetch.

Petrea Burchard said...

She sits like this all the time. Apparently it's a good position from which to watch for squirrels.

Irina Rekhviashvili said...

I like Wilma's face so much!
Looks like everything is fine and as it should be in your world. I am so glad to read about Boz Books Biz, congrats!

Petrea Burchard said...

Thanks, Irina! We are hoping for cooler weather for the WWWalk. It's been very hot here.

Ann Erdman said...

Wiggle Waggle Walk has gained tremendous momentum over time.

I don't have dogs anymore; I just now supported the Rose City Sisters team with an online donation on the Pasadena Humane Society website, inspired by this post. How nice that a donation can be team-specific.

You really captured the movement of Wilma's tail!

Petrea Burchard said...

Thank you, Ann, that's wonderful! The Rose City Sisters will be grateful, and so will their pets.

I can't take credit for the photo, John took it. Wilma's tail is always wagging when she's receiving attention. The only way to get it to stop is to ignore her, which is hard to do.

Lori Webster said...

Wilma's adorable! Both my dogs would lay like that from time to time, and one was male, so it's not just a female dog thing. No dogs anymore, but our store will make a donation to Paula's team!

Petrea Burchard said...

Lori, that's perfect. I'm thrilled.